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London's Knowledge Corridor

​​​​​​​Introducing London’s Knowledge Corridor

Crossrail’s arrival will help create a Knowledge Corridor linking Bloomsbury’s world-class education facilities; Fitzrovia and Marylebone’s vibrant office markets and Paddington’s development potential. The area already has a high and growing concentration of the knowledge-intensive business sectors that will drive London's growth over the next decade and beyond. The arrival of Facebook in Fitzrovia strengthens this mix even further. With a host of other transport, infrastructure and street improvements to come, the corridor's strengths will become more apparent and rents will rise more quickly than the west end average. ​​

To find out more, navigate the boxes or request the JLL report​.​ You can also view our ​​interactive map and get an insight into this dynamic ​area from on-the-ground developers.

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Knowledge Corridor
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There are a swathe of public realm improvements planned across the corridor, most notably Camden's West End Project, which will add new public spaces and improve the pedestrian experience around Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street. Similar, if less extensive, plans are in place further west around Baker Street, Gloucester Place and Edgware Road. These improvements will help attract office, retail and leisure occupiers, while removing the barriers between adjacent submarkets, making the whole corridor feel more permeable to pedestrians.

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INTERVIEW WITH BRITISH LAND

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INTERVIEW WITH DERWENT LONDON

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INTERVIEW WITH THE PORTLAND ESTATE

  • Why will this area be recognised as one of the most vibrant parts of the capital's economy?

    The area has a high concentration of the knowledge driven sectors - media, technology and business services - that will drive London's economy over the next decade.

  • What will Crossrail bring to these villages?

    It will link them together and to other parts of Central London, while the stations will improve the public realm and produce new office schemes. The arrival of Crossrail 2 at TCR and HS2 at Euston will act as other long-term catalysts.

  • What is the attraction of Fitzrovia and Marylebone to occupiers?

    The area already has a mix of quirky independent operators. The mixed-use schemes in the pipeline will add further to this vibrant environment, helping occupiers to recruit and retain staff.

  • What are the benefits of Bloomsbury and why might it see a greater demand for high-status offices?

    Bloomsbury contains many of London's world-class institutions, with life sciences companies increasingly drawn by the Crick Institute at nearby King's Cross. It is positioned between Crossrail and HS1/HS2, but lacks development opportunities.

  • What is the potential for Paddington?

    Paddington provides the space for large-scale development, meaning that corporates can find the floorplates they need within the corridor. The canal offers huge potential for a revitalised leisure offer.

  • What will cause a step-change for the Retail and Leisure offer in this area?

    Streetscape improvements and developments around Fitzrovia and North of Oxford Street, as well as the new stations, will help bolster the strong retail and leisure offer on Charlotte St, Marylebone High St and Old Quebec St.

  • What does this all mean for property values?

    JLL forecast rents will rise above core West End:
    Bloomsbury 32%
    Paddington 24%
    Fitzrovia 23%
    North of Oxford Street 19%
    Mayfair and St James' 17%

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Insider insight

BRITISH LAND

British Land's Head of Office Investment, Charlie Butters, explains the strategy behind the Paddington deals.
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DERWENT LONDON

Derwent London has over one million sq ft of major schemes either on-site or with planning consent across the corridor. Simon Silver, Director Derwent London, explains why these areas are so promising. Read more

THE PORTMAN ESTATE

The Portman Estate covers c.110 acres, between Oxford Street, Edgware Road and Manchester Square. Oliver Fenn-Smith, Property Director from the Portman Estate talks to us about their strategy. Read more